Adnan's Story: The Search for Truth and Justice After Serial (Hardcover)

The Search for Truth and Justice After Serial

By Rabia Chaudry

St. Martin's Press, 9781250087102, 416pp.

Publication Date: August 9, 2016

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Now a New York Times bestseller

Includes an update from Rabia on Adnan's vacated murder conviction in summer 2016

Serial only told part of the story

In early 2000, Adnan Syed was convicted and sentenced to life plus thirty years for the murder of his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee, a high school senior in Baltimore, Maryland. Syed has maintained his innocence, and Rabia Chaudry, a family friend, has always believed him. By 2013, after almost all appeals had been exhausted, Rabia contacted Sarah Koenig, a producer at This American Life, in hopes of finding a journalist who could shed light on Adnan's story. In 2014, Koenig's investigation turned into Serial, a Peabody Award-winning podcast with more than 500 million international listeners

But Serial did not tell the whole story. In this compelling narrative, Rabia Chaudry presents new key evidence that she maintains dismantles the State's case: a potential new suspect, forensics indicating Hae was killed and kept somewhere for almost half a day, and documentation withheld by the State that destroys the cell phone evidence -- among many other points -- and she shows how fans of Serial joined a crowd-sourced investigation into a case riddled with errors and strange twists. Adnan's Story also shares Adnan's life in prison, and weaves in his personal reflections, including never-before-seen letters. Chaudry, who is committed to exonerating Adnan, makes it clear that justice is yet to be achieved in this much examined case.



About the Author

RABIA CHAUDRY is an attorney, a senior fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace, and a national security fellow at the New America Foundation. She is the co-host of "Undisclosed, "one of the top-ranked podcasts in the iTunes store. She is a frequent public speaker, and her writing has appeared in numerous outlets including Time.com, "The Huffington Post, "and the "Chicago Sun-Times."


Praise For Adnan's Story: The Search for Truth and Justice After Serial

"Rabia Chaudry is a woman on a mission . . . It was easy to forget, listening to 'Serial,' that it was a true story about real people. Adnan's Story adds context and humanizes it in a way that could change how you think about the case, and about 'Serial' itself." ―Los Angeles Times

"You’ll find yourself tearing through the book as quickly as you binged on episodes of the podcasts." ―Bustle

“Crisp, powerful prose...Chaudry’s description of the PCR hearing in Adnan’s Story is utterly riveting―high stakes, a breakneck pace, brilliant expert witnesses.” ―Entertainment Weekly

"Lays out new details that [Chaudry] believes exonerate Syed...[they] already have produced results." ―People

"As stories of wrongful convictions go, Adnan’s Story is hands down a certain winner." ―New York Journal of Books

"Chaudry is uniquely qualified to tell this story." ―Elle.com

"A skillfully written account of injustice that will have wide appeal to fans of Serial and readers of human interest stories, and is especially timely as Syed's conviction was vacated in July 2016 and a new trial granted." ―Library Journal

"Readers new to the story will have no trouble following―the narrative is outlined extensively from the beginning―and podcast listeners will find plenty of previously undisclosed material...She strongly makes the case for cultural and religious bias in the investigation and conviction and presents damaging evidence of police misconduct, including tampering with evidence and a witness. She also examines other suspects and their possible motives and alibis." ―Publisher's Weekly, starred review

"A page-turner...[Chaudry's] writing is clear, eloquent, and engaging, and her case is convincing." ―Kirkus, Starred review
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